The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie tells his true story about how he grew up on an Indian reservation. Also he talks about the struggles he goes through as being an Indian. He talks about friendship problems, to drinking and eating disorders, and to him being the only Indian at an all-white school. Sherman Alexie makes the book really interesting and you won’t want to put the book down. The reason I really like this book is because it was really interesting to hear a true story about an Indian with all white people getting bullied. I thought it was really interesting to see how he handled it and what he did next.
I would rate this book 4.5 stars out of 5. I would rate this book so well because it was a really interesting story about such a big issue that should be talked about more but isn’t. When I first picked up this book, looking at the cover I thought it may be boarding. After reading this book I realized that I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover because it ended up to be one of my favorite books.
I really liked this book because I thought it was a good plot that a lot of people would not be brave enough to share about. I thought it was interesting that it was a true story about a boy that had such a hard childhood. It was cool to read about something that really happened and not a made up version. Some other things you may read may be trying to imitate a true story but a lot of people don’t share their true story. Some times when you read the wrong thing you don’t really get to understand the whole or even right story or really what happened in history.
Somethings I really liked about this book was how they used some of his cartoons/drawings. I liked this because it added more to the book. Also it was one of his passions to draw so it showed some of his passion. One of my favorite pages in the book was when it showed an image of Junior and split him in half showing the two sides of him…..
I also liked how the author put in the part about Penelope. I don’t really think he needed too, but it added a lot to the story. I also think it shows how everyone isn’t perfect, just like how she has an eating disorder and his family has drinking issues.
It was cool too see how throughout the book how he grew throughout his issues. When Rowdy and Junior stopped talking for a while it was interesting to see how Junior reacted. Considering Junior has no other friends its really tough, and then he goes to school as the only Indian. I feel like it was hard enough for him to move schools, but when Rowdy and he quit talking, I know I wouldn’t know what to do and be very nervous.
I don’t think this should be a banned book. The book hardly had any bad content. There were maybe two parts that were a little inappropriate but, its nothing people don’t already know about. I think it is ridiculous to make this book banned, it’s a true story with true history of how Junior had a hard childhood as being a poor Indian at an ALL white school. People should be-able to see how other people struggle and are culturally bullied. If more people read this book, they may have more respect for Indians or any other cultures, everyone should be treated equal.
In conclusion, this was one of my favorite books. I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially if you like books that you can’t put down and have a great plot and many good topics. This is why I would rate The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian 4.5 out of 5 stars.